How To Buy a TV – Ultimate TV Buying Guide

TV Buying Guide

In today’s modern world, one of our biggest entertainments is TVs. These days, there are so many of them out there in the market. Finding the perfect one for yourself, tough job, right? Not anymore.

I offer you the perfect buyer’s guide on TVs. In it, I will describe every point you need to consider before you buy yourself a new TV. After reading this article, you will want for nothing. All you would have to do is to go out there and buy yourself one. Let us dive deeper.

Tv Buying Guide – Things To Consider:

There are quite a few things to consider before you buy a new TV. Read further and have a clear idea about them, and there is no stopping you from making the perfect buy.

Screen Type:

One of the most important factors to think about is the screen type that would suit your needs. LCD, LED, Plasma, and the newly invented OLED are the dominant screen types in the market.

LCD TV:

The word LCD stands for Liquid Crystal Display. These TVs work on CCFL technology. Inside there is a flat panel for either passing or blocking the light. A segmented panel contains the liquid crystals in blocks. The blocks are responsible for the color and picture quality. These TVs don’t produce light and just let it pass. That is why they have a fluorescent bulb attached to the back panel. The TV shows the images created by the bulb.

LCD TVs weigh more than LEDs and they are also not very long lasting. On the other hand, they are cheaper. So, if you want to buy a TV with a moderate price tag, go with the LCD TVs.

LED TV:

LED TVs are an upgraded version of the LCD TVs. They work on a light emitting diode instead of the fluorescent bulb of LCDs. There are two types of LED TVs, Back lit LED and Edge lit LED.

Back Lit LED:

In this kind of TVs, the LEDs are in an array behind the screen. This arrangement highlights certain specific areas in darkness and brightness. The picture quality in this TVs is simply superb. However, they are not as slim as Edge lit ones. They are on the pricier end of the spectrum.

Edge Lit LED: 

The LEDs are arranged in an array around TV frame in Edge Lit LEDs. The LEDs reflect light onto the center of the screen. This makes it possible to the TV to be thinner. The picture quality is good, although not to the extent of Back lit ones. These are slimmer and less expensive than the Back lit LEDs.

Plasma TV:

Plasma TVs are by far the best type of televisions. These TVs have injected gases that are sealed in the form of plasma in between two glass sheets. When in contact with electricity, the plasma reacts and illuminates the pixels that are scattered throughout the screen.

Plasma TVs have the best picture quality. They provide superb contrast. They also do not cause motion blur. These TVs also offer a much wider viewing angle.

However, they can not perform well in brightly lit rooms. You can not use them on higher altitudes as well. Also, they consume much more power than LED and LCDs.

OLED TV: 

The future of television is marked with the invent of OLED TVs. They have a better picture quality and are slimmer and thinner than LCD TVs. However, there are only a few OLED models available in the market as of now. The price of the models is also very high right now.

Resolution:

The resolution or display resolution of a TV is the number of pixels in a dimension of the screen. In general, it is termed in width X height, and the units are in pixels. For example, 1280X720. These days, there are three different resolutions dominating the market, 4K or Ultra HD, Full HD or 1080p, and HD Ready or 720p.

4K or Ultra HD:

4K or Ultra HD is the latest version of the resolution. It is called 4K because it contains approximately 4000 pixels. The Ultra HD resolution has 3840X2160 pixels in it. It is four times higher than the Full HD. As a result, the picture has a lot more detail in it.

Full HD or 1080p:

Full HD is the most common resolution found in TVs in the present days out in the market. It has 1920X1080 pixels in it. The picture quality is better than HD ready but not up to the extent of Ultra HD.

HD Ready or 720p:

HD ready is an HD resolution of 1280X720 pixels. A small sized room is an ideal location for HD Ready or 720p TVs. However, it falls short when watching higher quality formats such as BluRay.

Picture Quality:

Another important feature to look out for is the picture quality. You should consider quite a few factors for this feature, these are Contrast Ratio, Color Reproduction, and Refresh Rate.

Contrast Ratio:

The difference between the brightest and darkest image a TV can create is known as the Contrast Ratio. The contrast ratio is one of the most important factors when it comes to picture quality. If the contrast ratio of the TV is not up to the mark, then you will see pictures that are faded or would appear somewhat ‘Whitewashed.’ On the other hand, a TV with a good contrast ratio will produce images that are amazing and crystal clear.

Color Reproduction:

The ability of the TV to produce colors to generate a lifelike image and giving a pleasant experience to the eye is called Color Reproduction. TVs can produce full-color space only in part that is known as Tv’s color gamut. LED and OLED TVs reproduce finest colors.

Refresh Rate:

The image changing rate on the screen of your TV is called Refresh Rate. A higher refresh rate ensures that motion blur does not occur or occur less. These days TVs offer a refresh rate ranging from 120 Hz to 240 Hz.

Screen Size:

The screen size is another deciding factor. You should choose the ideal size depending upon how far you will be watching your TV from. This is so important as it can affect your eyes very easily.

If the viewing distance is four to five feet, go for a screen with a 32 inches size.

In case you will be watching it from five to six feet distance, you can buy a 40 inches one.

If you want to watch from a distance of six to seven feet, buy a 47-55 inches TV.

Buy the 65 inches TVs only if you will be watching them from a distance of eight to nine feet.

Connectivity:

Connectivity is another factor to look out for.

HDMI:

HDMI or High Definition Multimedia Interface generate better quality videos than the previous AV media cables. It is also better than standard definition video cables as there is no loss of data while transmitting. Consider buying a TV with at least two HDMI ports.

USB:

A USB port lets you connect many of your devices to your TV such as pen drive, hard drive, internet dongle, digital cameras and much more. However, USBs don’t support all the formats available. Check beforehand your TV’s supported formats.

Optical( To SLINK):

This is a most common consumer audio equipment used in present days. It connects CD or DVD recorders, gaming consoles,  computers, and much more with your TV.

VGA Port:

A VGA port connects a laptop to a TV. It gives high resolution but is capable of supporting only analog signals. The VGA technology has almost become obsolete and is rarely seen on TVs.

Ethernet:

If you want to connect your TV to your home’s broadband network, an ethernet cable is your best bet. You can enjoy movies, songs, and much more when connected. You can also browse data on the other devices connected to the network.

Wi-Fi:

Wi-Fi makes you enable to connect to the internet and home network, that too without any wires. Mid and high-end TVs feature Wi-Fi connectivity system. If you have a Smart TV, you can even stream the internet from your TV using Wi-Fi.

NFC (Near Field Communication):

In this technology, a wireless connection is established between compatible devices using a radio signal. It works within a certain distance. This technology is an advanced nature and only found in high-end TVs.

Extra Features:

Although not among the bare essentials, it does not hurt to have some extra features, right? Some of them are Smart TV and 3D TV.

Smart TV:

Smart TV is a TV that you can connect to the internet and other devices in your home. You can connect some of them to your smartphone or laptop. They can mirror the laptop or smartphone screen on the TV screen. Some of them can even play the contents stored on the laptop and smartphone.

Smart TVs can access the internet and let you surf channels as per your choices. YouTube, Facebook, Twitter can be easily accessed via Smart TVs.

There are also smart boxes out there in the market. You can buy and connect one to your basic TV, and it will automatically turn the TV into a smart one. However, your TV needs to have HDMI ports to connect the smart box.

3D TV:

The 3D feature is the newest addition to the TV. Only high-end TVs feature 3D. These TVs can play any 3D videos. Of course, you will need specialized 3D glasses to watch them. There are two different kinds of 3D screens available as of now, active 3D and passive 3D.

Active 3D:

They alternate the images between both eyes. These glasses need batteries and are on the expensive end of the spectrum. They are also a bit heavier.

Passive 3D:

They show two different images simultaneously. These are designed in such a way that each eye sees only one image. As a result, the resolution in the glass is the half of the TV resolution. They do not need batteries to work and lighter in weight. Also, they are much cheaper than active 3D glasses.

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So, these are the points you need to consider before you buy yourself a new TV. Time to wrap up the article. I hope it was enjoyable and helpful. Thank you so much for reading!

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